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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is clinging to Spunk in Chapter 2?

2. What conclusion does the court come to in Chapter 2?

3. Who comes out from the woods in Chapter 2?

4. Who is Elijah Mosley's sidekick?

5. What can the men do to Spunk in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

2. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

3. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

4. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

5. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

6. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

7. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

8. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

9. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

10. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

Essay Topic 2

There are several instances of irony in Hurston's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Hurston may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

Essay Topic 3

The title of Hurston's work, "Spunk," seems straightforward, yet it indicates a particular significance about one character. In your opinion, why does Hurston choose this particular title? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

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